More than 250,000 fans expected to attend 2018 NFL Draft in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The NFL Draft is more than just a time when team's pick their future players -- it's an event for fans.

At the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas, the NFL is anticipating more than 250,000 fans from around the country to attend the NFL Draft Experience over the next three days.

The fan zone, which is located outside of AT&T Stadium, is the size of 26 football fields, according to the NFL, and features "interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more."

The draft is expected to generate $94 million for the Dallas/Arlington economy.

Denver is one of five finalists to host the NFL Draft in 2019 or 2020.

So what would it take to host the draft?

FOX31 and Channel 2 talked to the Dallas Sports Commission about their experience making the pitch to the NFL and bringing it all together.

"It's a lot of collaborations," said Monica Paul the executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission. "First off the Cowboys organization, AT&T Stadium. You gotta have the venues, you need a strong volunteer core, transportation is another key we focus on when we host major events.

"I think they need a city that really wants it and embraces hosting major events."

They said the planning process began more than two years ago.

When the commission was if it thinks Denver has what it takes to host the NFL Draft, it said "absolutely."

Watch the 2018 NFL Draft on FOX31

FOX31 is excited to be the local broadcast home for the first three rounds, allowing the public to catch all the action without the need for satellite or cable.

FOX31's Nick Griffith and Drew Engelbart are on site at AT&T Stadium and Kami Carmann will be at Broncos headquarters in Dove Valley to offer complete localized coverage.

The first round is set to kick off on Thursday at 6 p.m. and will feature the first 32 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft with the Broncos currently holding the fifth pick.

Second- and third-round draft action is set to begin Friday at 5 p.m. and will feature picks 33-100.

On Thursday at 6:05 p.m., we’ll have live companion coverage on the FOX31 Facebook page.

Join us on Friday at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. for local coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft.